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Iwi could become landlords - then owners - of 900 Porirua state homes
Nine hundred Porirua state houses could be managed by Ngāti Toa for at least the next 25 years.

Residents in the city's western suburbs have been told the iwi could become their landlords next year as part of the recently-announced plan to rejuvenate housing in the city.

The plan had not been confirmed but would not change tenants' rents or lease conditions and the properties would continue to house people on the housing register, a Housing NZ spokesman said.....

Concerns raised about overseas teachers' cultural responsiveness
Principals are concerned overseas teachers being brought in to plug shortages won't know enough about the Māori and Pasifika cultures of many students.

The proportion of Māori and Pasifika students was growing, particularly in Auckland. "We want teachers who are going to be culturally responsive to that," Dykes told Radio New Zealand on Thursday.

New Zealand Māori Council Auckland district chair Matthew Tukaki also raised concerns about the cultural awareness of the overseas teachers.

"How is it these people are culturally competent to be in our schools and teaching our children with no context of who we are as a nation, the languages we speak, our culture and, what it is to be Maori? Other than a two week course," Tukaki said.....

Māori enterprise - awakening the taniwha
Bringing Māori values into the business world seems to be a winning formula.

The Māori economy is believed to be worth up to fifty billion dollars. Six billion of that is iwi-owned post treaty settlement assets. The rest is from small to medium sized Maori businesses and a flair for entrepreneurship.

Businesses range from traditional activities such as farming, foresty and fishing to health care and new high tech initiatives.

However, the businesses often have one thing in common, Māori values at the core of their business practice......

NZ govt must action UN recommendations
Academics from around the world have gathered at the eighth Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga educational conference to discuss indigenous futures.

They say while NZ remains a beacon of hope for other native nations, more has to be done at a government level to support global indigenous communities.

Although some are of the view that New Zealand is ahead on indigenous matters, according to Sir Tipene O'Regan we're behind Canada when it comes to constitutional issues and he says we shouldn't be proud of where we're at.

“It’s not good for Māori here in New Zealand to be boastful or arrogant, there’s a lot more work to be done yet.”.....

Waitangi Tribunal will hear Ngāi Te Rangi grievance
The Waitangi Tribunal has agreed to hear the Ngāi Te Rangi's claims against the Crown over the controversial Pare Hauraki Collective settlement signed in August.

Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust chairman Charlie Tawhiao said the iwi received a letter on Friday confirming the tribunal would hear an urgent claim against the Crown submitted by the iwi in March 2017.....

Local iwi takes blame for $160k tree planting botch-up
The local iwi have taken responsibility after about 400,000 seedlings bought by the government to plant in Northland went to waste after the land was too wild to plant on.

"What the taxpayer and the government can be assured of is that the total number of hectares over the years will be planted as planned.

"It's just that we made a little bit of a blue in 2018 in being over zealous in our planning."

Mr Tipene said it's not the end of the world because the land will still be there next year and it will be ready to be planted - albeit it later than the government hoped for.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones said the cost to the taxpayer was about $160,000....

Ban put on non-iwi harvesting from Lake Taupō
With the summer fast approaching a ban has been put in place for non-Tūwharetoa people harvesting some species from Lake Taupō.

During the summer months, people of Ngati Tūwharetoa harvest smelt, kōura (freshwater crayfish) and other indigenous fish from Taupō waters – but that right is exclusively given to people of the iwi.

The season started on November 1 and Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board (TMTB) chief executive, Topia Rameka, said Ngati Tūwharetoa whanau will be active in the waterways harvesting smelt until the closure of the season on February 28, 2019.....

New govt unit announced for Māori housing
Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has announced a dedicated Māori Housing Unit will be established to focus on housing for Māori.

Twyford also announced at the National Māori Housing Conference that the unit will be headed by newly appointed Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Māori Housing), Nanaia Mahuta.......

Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust achieves 'huge financial milestone' for iwi distributions
Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust, headquartered in Rotorua, has exceeded its own financial goal and grown its asset base to $20.13 million, allowing it to distribute $500,000 to beneficiaries in the coming financial year.

Trust chairwoman Katie Paul said the goal was to exceed the $20m asset base mark, which was achieved, earning a $2m profit that will be distributed to tribal members.

"We have now proudly doubled our modest base of $9.2m in 2009 to an asset base of $20.13m.

In 2009 the trust was given a $9.2m Kaingaroa Forest settlement fund to invest for the collective benefit of Ngāti Whakaue.....

Councils invest in te reo Maori classes
Councils in Canterbury are spending thousands of dollars to teach their staff and elected representatives Te Reo Maori.

Environment Canterbury leads the way with fortnightly classes running since March
last year. The regional council spent $53,425 on Te Reo

Currently 127 staff and councillors are currently taking part in the programme, ECan said. 203 staff and councillors have taken part since the beginning

Said an ECan spokeswoman: “Prior to 2017, the majority of staff and governance had little or no experience of Te Reo Maori, or understanding of matauranga Maori/Maori knowledge, and the value this brings to our work as kaitiaki/stewards of the environment.”.......

Major funding boost for Māori community repairs
The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has just announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding from the Māori Housing Network, totalling $5.8 million.

The announcement was made at the National Māori Housing Conference 2018 today in the Waikato.

Amongst those to receive funding are: Korimiti Consultancy Limited $966,316 for repairs to 21 whānau homes in the South Canterbury area and assessments to 10 whānau homes for repairs, as well running home maintenance planning workshops; and Kia ora Ngātiwai Trust $350,000 to extend their current repairs programme to add 10 more whānau homes and provide whānau training in home repairs and maintenance.

Other projects include Habitat for Humanity Auckland $284,500 to assess and repair 15 whānau homes in Auckland and run six DIY workshops; and Te Hauora o Tūranganui-ā-Kiwa $300,000 to assess and repair 15 whānau homes in urban and rural Gisborne and run eight home repairs workshops covering basic carpentry, plumbing, plastering, electrical and painting......

Iwitanga stronger than hapū for many Ngāpuhi
Ngāpuhi chair Sonny Tau says the people have had enough with arguing and want the chance to move their settlement forward.

Sonny Tau says the debate over Ngāpuhi sovereignty and He Wakaputanga the 1835 Declaration of Independence can be set aside for later, because the claim is about making the crown accountable for its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Maori targeting social policy change
New Zealand Maori Council has today announced a strategic research partnership with Massey University and its Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). The partnership will see the joint development and co-design of evaluation frameworks around key areas of social policy and developing the evidence base to support Council when it comes to challenges facing Maori, Whanau and Communities across the nation.

Sir Taihakurei Durie has welcomed the partnership as a new era in Maori Council direction as it plots its course around social and economic policy leadership and development:....

Bicultural perspectives and teaching tamariki te reo Māori
Waverley Kindergarten is focusing on including bicultural perspectives in their practice to better teach tamariki and whānau the taonga of te reo Māori.....

Oranga Tamariki team up with Ngāi Tahu
Grant Bennett of Ngāi Tahu is the new Chief Social Worker for Oranga Tamariki.

Bennet has had more than 20 years’ experience in youth justice and child protection as well as holding a number of senior leadership roles.

Bennett had his official welcome ceremony where he was handed over to Oranga Tamariki by his iwi of Ngāi Tahu.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will also sign their strategic partnership agreement with Oranga Tamariki.

The agreement will see partners working together to achieve enduring outcomes for Ngāi Tahu tamariki, rangatahi and whānau......

Māori media: Where are our Māori print journalists?
Nanaia Mahuta, as the Minister of Māori Development, has set in motion a review of the Māori media. The review, called “Māori Media Sector Shift”, is being led by Te Puni Kokiri.

Nanaia’s move brings an opportunity to analyse the achievements and blunders over the last 30 or so years — and to come up with practical plans to see that the Māori voices in the media become much stronger, more comprehensible, more influential, and more accessible......

Law society surprised by resistance to use of te reo in court
The Māori Law Society is surprised to hear about the use of te reo Māori being questioned at the High Court.

Justice Timothy Brewer queried a crown law officer after she delivered her introduction in te reo Māori.

The Māori Law Society co-president Glenn Tootill said it was not unusual for te reo Māori to be used during introductions.

"In this particular situation she had actually given a explanation of what she had given in te reo Māori."

He understood it was a bit of different when entire submissions were given in te reo Māori.

"As with the situation here it was a brief introduction so it was a bit surprising to read some of the comments of the judge."

The Māori Language Act guarantees the right to speak te reo Māori in legal proceedings......

Te reo in court is important, says Waitangi Tribunal lawyer
A lawyer who won the right to have witnesses cross-examined in te reo Māori at the Waitangi Tribunal says she's surprised a judge queried the use of the language in the High Court.

Lawyer Karen Feint made the comments after Stuff reported High Court Justice Timothy Brewer told a lawyer she had to give three days noticebefore speaking in te reo Māori.

"It seems unusual for the judge to respond in that way," Feint said.

It was important to have te reo Māori spoken in courts, she said.....

Decision allows development near sacred Māori site
Opponents of a massive housing development set to be built alongside historically significant land in Auckland say they will do whatever it takes to stop it going ahead.

The Environment Court yesterday released its decision, which declined to overturn the permission granted to Fletcher Building to put up 480 houses next to the Ihumātao and Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Mangere.

Pania Newton and about 15 others from the group Save Our Unique Landscape, or SOUL, have set up a fully-functioning village at the site and have been living there for the past two years - sleeping in caravans, sheds, tents and even an empty boat.

She was not deterred by the Environment Court's decision giving the green light for the housing development to be built, and said she would go to any lengths to stop it.

"We've always maintained that we are peaceful, passive and respectful but if it comes to it we are prepared to stand in front of bulldozers to prevent them from coming onto this land.....

Plan to boost Maori academic staff numbers
Boosting Maori academic staff numbers at the University of Otago will be looked at with urgency in the coming months, one of the leaders of a network set up to support them says.

The university has said it supports population parity for Maori academic and professional staff.....

Rotorua to benefit from proposed child equity programme
The programme, which will be led by the Rotorua Lakes Council, will work with school communities, local iwi, government agencies along with philanthropic and private sector groups to co-design a programme intended to ensure that all local tamariki have access to activities and facilities.

Māori are disproportionately affected by issues relating to poverty and, according to studies, three out of five tamariki living in poverty stay there for life.

Mayor of Rotorua Steve Chadwick says, “We want Rotorua to be a place for everyone but that’s not currently the case for all in our community and we need to address the barriers to full participation that exist for our most vulnerable.”.....

Rātana Church issues stern warning to Jacinda Ardern's Government
Jacinda Ardern and her Māori MPs have been given a stern warning from followers of the politically influential Rātana Church: do not take our support for granted.

Some Rātana followers are worried Labour is taking advantage of the church's political support.

"After we've aligned to them in their good favour, they then drop us like a hot pancake," one woman told Newshub.

There was also criticism the Māori caucus isn't doing enough to justify the seven Māori seats it won at the last election.

But there's been an almost total lack of targeted funding for Māori under this Government......

High Court judge asks if interpreter needed following lawyer's comments in te reo
A High Court judge asked a lawyer if she wanted an interpreter, after she introduced herself to the court in te reo Māori.

Under the Māori Language Act, lawyers, Judges and witnesses have the right to speak Māori in the country's courts.

Justice Timothy Brewer told Crown Law lawyer Zannah Johnston that she had the right to speak Māori in court but the rules required her to give three days notice.

"But more importantly, forgetting about the rules, I don't speak Māori. That is my shame, but I do not speak Māori, and I cannot have counsel speaking in my court if I don't know what they are saying, the public doesn't know what they are saying and other counsel don't know what they are saying," Justice Brewer said at the hearing on Tuesday......

Researchers secure Marsden funding for Whānau Ora project
Dr Aroha Harris of the University of Auckland and Dr Melissa Williams, an independent researcher and University alumni, have won $622,000 in Marsden funding for their project that looks at Māori families and the struggle for whānau wellbeing across the twentieth century.

Drs Harris and Williams say, “National histories identify twentieth century Māori poverty, abuse, and tribal breakdown as the outcomes of colonisation.”

They also say, “Throughout the twentieth century Māori families experienced high levels of state intervention, disempowerment, and estrangement.”.....

A 5G network is coming and Māori deserve a share
A 1999 Waitangi Tribunal report said Māori have rights to the radio spectrum, what we know as the 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. The Crown disagreed. Now, 20 years on from the original claim, the government has the opportunity to right past wrongs when it makes its 5G allocation.....

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces $3m investment at Rātana centenary
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pledged about $3 million towards housing infrastructure for the Rātana Pā community.

The Rātana community is one of the largest Māori religious movements in New Zealand and Thursday marks 100 years since prophet Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana was said to have a vision that began the movement.

Thousands of followers from all over New Zealand are gathering at Rātana for the centenary celebrations.

The last time Ardern was here, during her first visit to the pā as Prime Minister, was in February when she was bestowed a range of gifts, including a name for her unborn baby.....

Our racist education system
A new report has found New Zealand has one of the least equal education systems in the rich world, with Māori children lagging behind Pākehā.

Further analysis of the report found Māori students falling significantly behind on every measure of educational outcome including secondary school retention rate, school leavers achieving NCEA Level 2, and rate of youth in education, employment or training.

But those who attend Māori immersion schools do much better at reading, and achieve much higher in NCEA and at university or in employment.....

UK high commissioner in New Zealand Laura Clarke to learn te reo
The British high commissioner in New Zealand is set to learn te reo Māori after witnessing the increasing integration of the language and culture.

High commissioner Laura Clarke was posted to Wellington in January after studying New Zealand's indigenous language and culture in London, the Guardian reports. She says New Zealand's increasing use of teo reo make learning it a "non-negotiable" requirement.

"I have been travelling to New Zealand for a long time now [and] over the past few years there has been a massive change in terms of the resurgence of te reo," Ms Clarke told the Guardian.....

Dr Rachel Buchanan: 'The shame of Parihaka is so great it can never end'
One hundred and thirty-seven years ago, on 5 November 1881, a Māori settlement in the small Taranaki township of Parihaka was ransacked by colonial troops.

Dr Rachel Buchanan (Taranaki, Te Atiawa) has written a history of the Parihaka people woven into her own family story – Ko Taranaki te Maunga......

New Zealand electrical code of practice homeowner - WorkSafe
From a Maori perspective, the term “earth” or Papatuanuku translates as Earth Mother – the source of all energy. When aligning this concept to the flow of electricity, a useful parallel can be made to the 3-pin plug.
Electricity Maori

Active (phase) Spiritual element, active, tapu

Neutral Physical element, neutral, noa

Earth Mauri or life force derived from Papatuanuku or Earth Mother

For the purposes of regulation 17(2)(n), for payment or reward also means koha.

Fletcher Building takes on Māori and Pacific Island values
Fletcher Building, the biggest construction firm in New Zealand is training young employees in Māori and Pacific Island values.

Sixteen employees graduated from the company’s learning and development programme at Mataatua Marae in Tāmaki Makaurau today.

While the course is designed to support young employees of all ethnicities, it is the only corporate development programme founded in Māori and Pacific values....

Māori culture a priority in new tourism strategy
The $80mil forecast to come from the international tourist tax will be split 50/50 between tourism and conservation. The announcement came at the release of a new draft government strategy to handle tourist numbers while protecting the environment.

Key priority areas include the impacts of climate change, encouraging responsible camping and supporting the development of authentic Māori visitor experiences.....

Cave myth contradicted
A widely believed urban myth surrounding Maori prisoners and a Dunedin cave has been contradicted by recent research.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum curator Sean Brosnahan has spent the past four years researching the story of Taranaki Maori prisoners being held captive in a cave in Shore St between 1869 and 1881.

No evidence was found to support the cave story and instead some evidence suggested the structure was not even built until the early 20th century, Mr Brosnahan said.

His full research was made public for the first time at a lecture at Toitu on Sunday.
"It might not be the final say on the matter but it's certainly more substantial than has been amassed in the past.''

The way the prisoners were guarded, documents from the time they spent in the Dunedin prison and information about who owned the land at the time all pointed towards the story being false, he said......

Māori King and Corrections to build centre for mothers
The Māori King and the Department of Corrections will build a facility for mothers to reunite with their children who were taken by the state.

The department's general manager cultural capability Neil Campbell said the Kiingitanga will share a section of land with Corrections to build a reintegration centre in Waikato.

"The plan is that we work with the Kiingitanga to establish a reintegration centre that allows mothers that have been separated from their children, and their children are now in care, to be reunited as part of the reintegration," he said.

"Not only do we get to work with mothers and their young children, but we get to work with those children as well.".....

Māori voices needed to counter Brash bluster
Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene wants Māori to make submissions on his bill to entrench Māori seats to counteract a concerted campaign by the Hobson's Pledge lobby.

The bill would mean any changes to Māori seats would need the support of 75 percent of MPs, which is the same standard required for other constitutional changes.

It was sent to a select committee with submissions closing on December 14.

Mr Tirikatene says there has already been a flood of submissions co-ordinated by former Natioanl Party leader Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge Group, which this year blocked any local councils from creating Māori wards.

Rino Tirikatene says that's why Māori need to speak up about the need for a guaranteed Māori voice in parliament.

"It's important we present our views in a very tika and pono way. This is about Māori representation. It's about an expression of the treaty partnership, that we must have that within our house of parliament, and our Māori seats have been around for 150 years. It's important we secure them for our future generations," he says.....

·Westpac NZ has also worked with Bay of Plenty iwi, Ngā Potiki,
to establish a shared equity scheme that will help 40 iwi members realise their dreams of home ownership.....

Iwi say Matamata metal works extension will 'breach Treaty rights'
A metal works' company seeking consent to extend their operation onto a sacred burial site is facing opposition from local iwi.

Matamata Metal Supplies has lodged an application for six replacement, and one new resource consent, to authorise the continuation of quarry activities at their site in Okauia.

The new application asks Waikato Regional Council for consent to establish an expansion of the quarry, with Metal Supplies to obtain some additional areas for mineral extraction.

The expansion will result in the use of two new "overburden areas" - but spokespeople from the Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Hinerangi Trust says doing so would "cause severe harm and detriment to sacred burial caves, maunga and Mangapiko awa".....

Rupapera hopes to maintain traditional teachers for others
At Te Rangihakahaka School in Rotorua, it was the first-hand life experience they were taught in the presentation from Rupapera.

“There is nothing better than our traditional Māori knowledge of our ancestors,” she says.

In May this year, 12 sperm whales were found dead on Kaupokonui Beach in Taranaki, that’s when Rupapera began learning traditional methods of dealing with dead whales.

“I’m new in relation to these teachings but once I was exposed to the knowledge it has made be very fortunate and blessed,” she explains......

Iwi signs MOU for pest-free Banks Peninsula
The iwi along with Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, Department of Conservation, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury said they’d work together to remove pests from the 115,000-hectare peninsula.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says, “This is a significant step towards the vision of a pest-free Banks Peninsula and builds on decades of community-driven ecological restoration work.”...

Māori wellbeing for all
At one level Māori seek the same outcomes as all other New Zealanders - access to adequate food, good housing, educational attainment and adequate health care, preservation of the natural environment, and connection to community and culture. However, on another more significant level, Māori wellbeing is not the same as that for non-Māori. Māori wellbeing is based on our status as tangata whenua – in order to succeed we must succeed as Māori.....

Chief Crown Negotiator accused of acting in bad faith
Rick Barker is in charge of negotiating and concluding settlements on behalf of the Crown.

But one iwi - which is nearing the final stage of its Treaty settlement - has made a formal complaint against him to the Treaty Negotiations Minister, Andrew Little.

Auckland Hauraki iwi Ngāti Pāoa is frustrated at the way he has handled its settlement.

The iwi, which has interests in Auckland and around 3500 members, has initialled its individual iwi settlement with the Crown, but is concerned assets it believes should be included in the redress have been left out.

That includes a 2000 acre farm on Waiheke Island.....

Campaign calls for tourists to respect Māori culture
Seven New Zealand organisations have joined forces to educate tourists on how to behave when visiting.

An initiative has been created called Te Aki - Care for New Zealand, which aims to encourage international and domestic travellers to act as guardians of Aotearoa.

Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chris Roberts, spoke to The AM Show on Friday about the new initiative....

Māori children more exposed to alcohol marketing
Co-author Professor Louise Signal says the higher rates of exposure to alcohol marketing for Māori children demonstrates that the government is not meeting its obligations to Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

"Particularly as Māori are 1.5 times more likely to be hazardous drinkers than non-Māori."

The research involved children wearing cameras and GPS devices to examine their world.

Lead researcher Tim Chambers says the findings are a “real concern”.....

Principal warns of pressure on Māori-medium teachers
As primary teachers look to take rolling strike action across the country this month, a principal of a South Auckland wharekura says the pressures experienced by Māori medium schools are 'four times' worse than their mainstream counterparts.

According to Maahia Nathan, principal and teacher at Te Wharekura o Manurewa, teaching NCEA maths is a very difficult task.

“Although mainstream primary and secondary schools are faced with huge pressures,” says Nathan, “for me, those pressures are up to four times worse for Māori-medium primary and secondary schools.”

The shortage of reo Māori teachers is a major concern.

In the last three years there has been a decline in applicants hoping to teach in Māori-medium schools, often due to huge workloads and low pay......

True partnership between iwi and Crown needed
One key focus will be the partnership between iwi and the Crown. We plan on developing a Treaty Partnership Framework to discuss with the Crown. Another key focus will be freshwater management and ownership. This will be our first formal discussion with the Crown since its announcement of the Kahui Maori Wai group in August.

Even as our asset base continues to grow, we remain conscious of the fact that money is not enough to address the negative outcomes caused by the dispossession of our lands and resources, which stripped us of the ability to care for our own.

FOMA welcomes CPTPP sign-off
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has been signed off with the first round of tariff cuts due December 30.

In its early stages the then-named Trans-Pacific Partnership was mired in protest and controversy with many Māori commentators saying it failed to meet Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Parker is confident the CPTPP protects Māori interests. The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) has welcomed the reworked deal.

FOMA Chairwoman Traci Houpapa says "It immediately reduces and removes trade barriers and tariffs for Māori and all of NZ exporters. That has an immediate and direct impact on our local and regional economies and direct benefits for Aotearoa."

Despite the go-ahead, concerns remain for some businesses over whether the government's intellectual property laws could be updated in time to protect Māori intellectual property on the global stage.

Houpapa says, "It's an ongoing conversation that we have. FOMA sits at the table with the prime minister and cabinet on trade matters and we will continue these conversations."...

Identifying Māori approaches to reducing violence
University of Waikato researchers are undertaking the first national survey to establish the extent of family and sexual violence for Māori.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has awarded over $2 million dollars in funding to the Waka Eke Noa. The research project is being led by Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute.

A lot of the work is imported from Britain or colonial America, when we have a really different context here.....

Māori scholars world leaders
University of Auckland professors Linda Waimarie Nikora and Merryn Tawhai and Angus Macfarlane from the University of Canterbury are among 20 new fellows elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Another new fellow is University of Auckland law professor David Williams, who is recognised nationally and internationally for his originality of thinking in the areas of constitutional law, colonial legal history and the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Warden money swallowed into admin
The New Zealand Māori Council is challengingt the way Te Puni Kōkiri administers Māori wardens.

A report by Mr Tukaki based on answers to official Information Act requests says in the 2015-16 financial year Te Puni Kokiri got $1.6 million to manage its wardens project, and paid itself almost half the money for administration and staff costs.

The following year the budget was cut to $1 million, with almost $600,000 spent on admin and $330,000 on project staff.....

Financial Authority embraces reo
The Financial Markets Authority says companies who offer investments can now publish product disclosure statements in both te reo Māori and English.

The accuracy of the translation must be confirmed to the FMA by a translator certified by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

The authority doesn’t usually allow statements in more than one language because of prescribed length limits, General counsel Nick Kynoch says the exemption promotes the confident and informed participation of investors in financial markets who are more engaged and have a better understanding when information is provided in both te reo Māori and English......

MOE sells land without Māori consultation
Frustration is building in Whangārei over the sale of land marked for educational purposes which was sold to Housing New Zealand (HNZ).

Hapū member Mita Norris says, "No one took into consideration that it's land confiscated from Māori."

Local MP Shane Reti says, "The community has been angry right from scratch, solely because, in my opinion, this has been underhanded dealings between Housing New Zealand and the Ministry of Education."

Reti says a new HNZ project in Whangārei has denied the rights of hapū to have a say in the process.

Local hapū Te Parawhau say the land was acquired under the public works act in the 1960s.

In a statement to Te Kāea, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) said the property was exempt from a requirement to offer it back to former owners or their successors."....

New research highlights benefits of waka ama
Researchers at Massey University have studied the benefits of waka ama and have proven that the fast-growing sport is a major vehicle for indigenous health promotion.

As part of new research from the College of Health, 16 members of a waka ama rōpu were interviewed about the social, cultural and health benefits of the sport.

Researchers Dr Christina Severinsen and Angelique Reweti of Ngāpuhi say, through a framework of Māori values and beliefs, waka ama improves the health of individual paddlers, their whānau and communities.

"It's unique as a sport because, as well as the physical benefits for paddlers, it also has a strong tikanga connecting paddlers to each other through whanaungatanga and manaakitanga,” says Severinsen.......

Ngāi Tahu Farming replaces forestry with 14,000 cows at Eyrewell
Ngāi Tahu Farming will milk 14,000 dairy cows just north of Christchurch, once the remainder of Eyrewell Forest is felled.

However, the South Island iwi-owned business has abandoned plans to convert some of Balmoral Forest in North Canterbury to dairy, after failing to get the required nutrient and water consents, instead focusing on beef grazing and possibly orchards.

Ngāi Tahu Farming (NTF) manages more than 100,000 hectares of farm and forestry land in the South Island. Its asset value had lifted from $110 million in 2010 to $440m now as properties were developed.

Chief executive Andrew Priest said its 6757ha Te Whenua Hou dairy development, north of the Waimakariri River, would continue as trees were cleared from Eyrewell Forest......

Working to put things right: Settling Treaty of Waitangi claims
For many years, Parliament has been working with successive governments to improve Crown–Māori relations by putting Treaty of Waitangi settlements into law.
Parliament is known for its combative debates across the floor of the Debating Chamber. But when it comes to settling a Treaty of Waitangi claim, Parliament generally sets differences aside and votes unitedly to improve Crown–Māori relations.

The third reading of a Treaty settlement bill often takes place in a festive atmosphere, making it a highlight in the parliamentary calendar.

At two points in the bill’s progress, there’s a chance for claimant groups, stakeholders, and interested members of the public to be involved:

**  At the select committee stage, the Māori Affairs Committee normally invites people to make a submission about the bill. It holds public hearings to listen to submitters’ views in person. The committee then reports back to Parliament with any recommendations for amending the legislation.

**  The third reading is when Parliament officially passes the legislation. It’s an important, historic event, and members of the claimant group and the public can go to Parliament to watch this happen.

Arrangements can be made to reserve seats in Parliament’s public gallery, and to sing waiata at the end of the third reading (you’ll need to contact the Speaker’s Office).....

Call for attention to "Māori positive ageing" as numbers set to climb
There is a call for attention to focus on "Māori positive ageing" as the number of older Māori is set to double over a short period with higher rates of disability and dependence than the general population.

In the next 20 years, the number of Māori aged 65-plus is expected to more than double from approximately 48,500 to 126,000 people. Māori currently make up 6 per cent of those aged 65-plus, but this is projected to increase to 10 per cent of people in this age group....

Ngai Tahu, QLDC work on hub plan
Queenstown's council will partner with Ngai Tahu to explore options for a community hub in the resort’s CBD.

In a statement, the Queenstown Lakes District Council confirmed councillors "approved entry into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngai Tahu Property to explore development options" for a site on Stanley and Ballarat streets, during a public-excluded section of Thursday’s full council meeting.

According to the statement, Ngai Tahu Iwi has a strong interest in the cultural, commercial and creative possibilities for the site, which has been "largely underutilised" since the 1970s.....

Ngāpuhi vote soon on model for biggest ever treaty settlement
Ngāpuhi people will soon vote on a new negotiation model that could finally get the largest iwi settlement in history over the line.

The new model would see the Crown negotiating cultural redress for Treaty of Waitangi breaches with six regional hapū groupings, or taiwhenua.

But the commercial redress would be negotiated by one group and held by a single post-settlement entity.

The support of 65 percent of hapū and 75 percent of Ngāpuhi voters would be needed for the model, before the iwi can move into negotiations....

Paradise lost? Hicks Bay hapu opposes Ngāti Porou port plans for forestry
Hicks Bay's greatest export for many years has been its youth, heading out of the picturesque East Cape backwater to look for work.

So the rejection of a Ngāti Porou plan for a feasibility study on establishing a port to export logs is, at first glance, confounding.

The iwi has applied to the government's Provincial Growth Fund to pay for a study into the costs, benefits and opportunities of building a port at Hicks Bay....

New design for kapa haka
Waimate High School is proud to embrace its cultural roots.

Earlier this month, the school held a special assembly to celebrate the gift of a Maori design which had been created for a kapa haka uniform.

“Culturally this is very important, because it is about being proud of who we are and the place we represent,” she said.

“Our links with the natural resources of our area are central to determining who we are as a people and how we interact with the land, the water, the sky.”....

Māori Party vehicle for young activists
Māori Party co-vice president wahine Kaapua Smith says this weekend’s annual meeting is a milestone for the party.

The hui a tau at Auckland’s Te Puea Marae will consider proposals for organisational change developed over the past year in response to the part’s electoral defeat.

It will also look at the sort of policies and candidates it needs to take into the next election.......

Hobson's Pledge receives apology: 'We are not racist and we are not anti-Māori'
Auckland University has apologised for publishing an article that described the lobby group Hobson's Pledge as "a racist and militantly anti-Māori group".

Former National Party leader Don Brash is the spokesperson for Hobson's Pledge. He said after reading the article, he asked the university to retract the statement about the group.

"Hobson's Pledge was described as racist and militantly anti-Māori and that is an absolute nonsense. We are not racist and we are not anti-Māori. The co-spokesperson for Hobson's Pledge is herself Māori, we are in no sense anti-Māori and in no sense racist," said Dr Brash.

Dr Brash said he was satisfied with the university's apology.

He said the Hobson's Pledge group lobbies for the same political rights for everybody.....

One Year On: Māori remain optimistic under coalition government
What's happening with Whānau Ora, Crown-Māori relations and Treaty Settlements?

In the past year, there has been a greater growth of Māori in paid employment than non-Māori, and Māori are taking home an extra $9 a week ... but that is still far short of the total average increase of $50 a week.

While it may not be targeted specifically at Māori, the increase in benefits through the Families Package is helping many lower to middle income whānau.

About 18,000 Māori families a year will receive the Best Start Payment for newborns, and about 138,000 Māori have received Winter Energy Payments....

SPCA launches unique book in te reo Māori
The SPCA has launched its first te reo Māori animal storybook with the aim of helping children understand the value of animal welfare. Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Otara was one of the first schools to receive free copies.

There are twelve different stories based on rescued animals.

Principal Marama Hune says, “When I saw the front cover I was in awe and wanted to know more about its content because the reo Māori is fantastic.”

Over 25,000 copies of the books are being distributed to schools.

'Kiri' - Vodafone's new in-store virtual assistant
Vodafone has a new virtual helper coming to stores near you and she's Māori. Her name's Kiri.

In September, the company announced it will be the first global telco to launch an Intelligent Digital Human to help answer customer queries in-store.

Today, Vodafone revealed her identity and Māori name, Kiri.....

Te Arawa actress takes up new role under Rotorua Lakes Council
Actor Cian Elyse White (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao) is taking up a new role as Performing Arts Director at Rotorua Lakes Council.

Born and bred in Rotorua, White has spent more than a decade on the stage and screen.

White is well-known for raising awareness around social issues and promoting te reo Māori me ōna tikanga throughout her productions.....

'It's theft': Government faces decade in court over Māori water rights
The Government could face a decade-long battle over Māori rights to freshwater, a conflict with potential to become as difficult as the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Some legal minds are saying Māori are entitled to ownership of water - including the right to restrict others' use, and to compensation for unpaid royalties.

Darrell Naden of Tamaki Legal told Newshub denying Māori ownership to water is akin to the confiscation of land by early Pākehā settlers.

"The taking of another set of property interests in a natural resource like freshwater shouldn't be tolerated. In terms of getting complex or even dramatic, I'd say that's on the cards," he said.....

Ngāti Tūwharetoa working with state in Taupō Collective Impact Government Group
Danny Morehu, a spokesperson for Tūwharetoa's paramount chief Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, said the group delivered on the Crown's Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

"I think the days of Crown agencies imposing their goals on iwi are few and far between now.

"It's now the iwi saying, we have aspirations as well.

"If you're [an organisation] with the Crown, you have an obligation under the treaty to have a reciprocal relationship with iwi that enters into partnerships and understands about our aspirations and how to respond to them."

State agencies had a duty to ensure people of Tūwharetoa descent featured no worse off in health and employment statistics than non-Tūwharetoa people, Morehu said.....

Fixing Te Mata Peak's contentious track could cost $1m
Changing a controversial track up Te Mata Peak could cost up to $1 million in consultancy and landscaping fees, Hastings District Council says.

The costs for altering the track, which was created by Craggy Range winery last year, were released to a member of the public under the Official Information Act.

They show consultants helping the council decide what to do with the walking track could be paid $500,000 in fees for "technical reports, development option reports and consultation."

"This is an unbudgeted expense," the council said.

It could cost $200,000 to remove the zig-zagging Craggy Range track - which has been described by local iwi as a "scar" - in its entirety.

A further $280,000 to $300,000 would be needed to create a new summit track as proposed by the winery and iwi, after they struck a deal earlier this year.....

Tutors named for councillors’ training on cultural issues
GISBORNE District councillors will be asked to approve the appointment of Glenis Philip-Barbara and Dr Wayne Ngata for their cultural tikanga training.

Councillors meet at full council meeting tomorrow.

Mrs Philip-Barbara is general manager of Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust and Dr Ngata is chairman of the Maori Language Commission.

If the appointments are authorised, councillors will undergo a “Tairawhiti Cultural Futures” programme designed to: 
* Create active awareness of race relations.

* Build a deeper understanding of how those relationships work in culturally diverse communities and their effect on decision-making.

* Provide practical tools to ensure equitable decision making.....

Ngāi Tahu more cautious looking ahead as it posts strong profit
Solid trading and a $190 million Crown settlement top up have underpinned the South Island tribe's financial performance over the past year.

Excluding the top up, the tribe's fishing, property, farming and tourism divisions posted a net profit of $150m, providing a dividend of $61m for cultural, social, and economic programmes for the 61,000 registered members.

Ngai Tahu Holdings chief executive Mike Sang said that after several years of unusual residential rebuilding in post-earthquake Christchurch he was adopting a slightly more cautious approach given indications of economic headwinds.....

Canterbury Māori Health Action Plan
​​​​​​The Canterbury DHB's Māori Health Action Plan outlines the key activities that will be undertaken across the Canterbury health system to improve Māori Health outcomes, along with associated measures and performance targets.....

Local iwi place rāhui on Wharemauku Stream
“The positive results were picked up as part of the new kaitiaki monitoring programme by Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai,” said Mahina-a-rangi Baker, Pou Takawaenga Taiao, Environmental Manager for the iwi, “the iwi has put a rāhui on the Wharemauku Stream to prevent the public from gathering any food, or having contact with water in the Stream, in order to limit the public health risk. This is the bug that caused the serious outbreak in 2016 spread through Havelock North’s drinking water.”.....

Fairfield College unveils pou commemorating NZ Wars
With song, prayer - and a few tugs on a tarpaulin - Fairfield College brought one of the country's darkest episodes into the light.

With a morning mist still clinging to the school's fields, students, staff, and guests gathered at dawn to unveil a pou commemorating those who fought in the New Zealand Wars.

Tuesday's unveiling was followed by a special school assembly at which students and guests spoke about the need to teach the New Zealand Wars in schools.....

John the Baptist preaches te reo in Māngere
English baptist preacher John Catmur is on a mission to preach about the goodness of te reo.

Inspired by a 'call from God', John moved from England to Aotearoa in 2007 to minister in Māngere, South Auckland.

“It's the official language of this country, and that's the most important aspect to me.”

“It's about correcting people's perception of the Māori language,” says Peters, “That it's a valued treasure handed down by the indigenous people of this land.”.....

Massey University Announces six $10,000 Māori and Pacific Creative Arts Research Study Awards
The College of Creative Arts at Massey University is offering six $10,000 study awards for Māori and Pacific designers and artists to begin a postgraduate masters qualification in design, fine arts or Māori visual arts in 2019.

The College, based on the Wellington campus, is committed to supporting the academic excellence of Māori and Pacific students and creating a learning environment where their advancement is supported.

“We celebrate our place in the Pacific and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles including te reo and tikanga Māori. We are working to provide research-led opportunities to help achieve positive outcomes for Māori and Pacific students,” says Professor Julieanna Preston, co-coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts....

Formal apology to be made over confiscated land
The Anglican Church will be in Tauranga next month to make a formal apology for giving land gifted to it by local iwi, to the crown.

On November 30 1838, local iwi transferred the land known as Te Papa to the Church Missionary Society.

After the battle of Gate Pa, the Battle of Te Ranga and the Bush campaign, the crown put pressure on the church to sell the land to the Crown for European settlement.

In a statement provided to SunLive by Priority One, it says the Anglican Synod recently agreed to make a formal apology to Tauranga Moana iwi for this situation, providing a step towards the social, spiritual and economic recovery that Tangata Whenua have waited patiently for.....

Taranaki iwi claim lack of consultation from Government on oil and gas transition
A Taranaki iwi is opposing the Government's intention to halt oil and gas exploration in the region, citing a lack of consultation on the plan.

Te Ātiawa made a submission on the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill to the environment committee select hearing in Parliament.

In the submission, one of 2283 total submissions presented, the iwi said it supported the transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources.

However the Government "completely failed" to consult with Te Ātiawa as a Treaty of Waitangi partner, Te Kotahitānga ō Te Ātiawa Trust chairwoman Liana Poutu said in the submission......

'By Māori, for Māori': health leaders call for revamp of Māori health system
Health leaders say the current system is failing Māori and are calling for a Māori-led agency to turn it around.

Claimants from both groups say institutionalised racism and inequity are at the heart of the disparities in outcomes, and they want Māori at the forefront of a new system based on mana motuhake, or self-determination.

Moxon, presenting on behalf of WAI 1315, lodged her claim 13 years ago, yet said the issues facing Māori remained the same.

As part of their claim, Moxon's group sought an apology, and repayment of 16 years of underfunding, estimated at $348m......

'I've done my bit for my country' - Finlayson
Speaking on his time in parliament, Finlayson says his highlight was reforming the Foreshore and Seabed legislation.

"I was simply appalled that in the twenty first century, a substantial group of my fellow citizens should have the right of access to justice removed from them and if I've done nothing else in public life, to fix that up, it's something that means a lot to me."....

PM promises govt will improve Māori health
The prime minister says improving the quality of Māori health is a priority of the government. This follows the Waitangi Tribunal hearing currently underway at Ngāruawahia to address health inequalities for Māori.

Jacinda Ardern is adamant Māori healthcare needs to be better.

“We have to address inequity in health, we have to ensure that we are lifting the life expectancy of Māori and Pasifika and that's an area that the health minister has made a priority,” says Ardern....

Finlayson ready to leave parliament
Former Treaty of Waitangi negotiations minister Christopher Finlayson has revealed he is preparing to leave parliament and resume his legal career.

His former press secretary, Ben Thomas, says Mr Finlayson was one of the stand out performers in the National Government in ways that surprised many onlookers.

He took the treaty portfolio, which languished during much of the term of the previous Labour Government, and settled dozens of historic claims.

"Remember this is the National Party only a couple of years after Don Brash was the leader, after the iwi (vs) kiwi billboards, so not only the idea you would have this extremely productive relationship with iwi that led to huge numbers of settlements,

He says some of Mr Finlayson’s approaches, such as the Tūhoe settlement giving Te Urewera its own legal personality, have drawn international attention.....

Hapu attack 'half-baked' Treaty proposal
Resistance appears to be growing in the Far North to a new proposal to negotiate Ngāpuhi treaty claims.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has been working for months to break the deadlock over settlement.

But eight hapu in the past week have publicly rejected his latest version of mandate model....

Decolonising Smith wins top science tohu
A major accolade in this year’s Research Honours Aotearoa Awards for University of Waikato professor Linda Tuhīwai Smith.

Nga Pae o Te Māramtanga co-director Dr Jacinta Ruru says Professor Smith is recognised internationally for her work on decolonisation, and she has given other Māori and indigenous scholars methodologies and theories to build on.

Her acceptance speech showed why she has been an inspiration to other Māori and indigenous scholars.

"She in a beautiful speech spoke about disruption (Captain James) Cook created for our poeople 250 years ago and the work that iwi, whānau,hapū around the country have had to be on to regain the confidence in our own knowledges," Professor Ruru says.....

Education Bill passed despite urgent treaty claim
With the passing of the Education Amendment Bill today the Government has ignored continuous outcry from Māori leaders and scrapped the partnership school model, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says.

“Yesterday Māori educators Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi applied for an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing over the closure of partnership schools.

“The Minister of Education Chris Hipkins chose to ignore the claim and today the Education Amendment Bill, which contains provisions that remove the partnership school model from legislation, passed its final reading......

Iwi unite to oppose iron-sand mining in Pātea
South Taranaki iwi are united in their opposition to the iron-sand mining proposed offshore from Patea.

Earlier this month Te Kahui o Rauru, with Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Trust) joined neighbours Ngati Ruanui in lodging a cross-appeal to mining company Trans-Tasman Resources' attempt to overturn a High Court judgment that ended its ability to mine.

The company was given consent to mine in August 2017, but iwi, environmental and fishing interests appealed the consent to the High Court.

The court's Justice Peter Churchman said granting a discharge consent on insufficient information was unlawful, and sent the matter back to the Environmental Protection Authority......

Māori fight to entrench seats
Public submissions have opened on a bill to entrench Māori seats.[

The bill’s sponsor, Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikātene, says it will mean Māori seats will get the same protection as general seats, so any changes will need the support of 75 percent of MPs rather than the current simple majority.

"The Māori seats are there based on the Treaty (of Waitangi) and we are accountable to Māori. We are put there by Māori and the future of our seats must be determined by Māori," he says.

Submissions close on December 14......

Kaupapa Māori PHOs set up to fail
The managing director of a Bay of Plenty Māori health provider says Māori PHOs were set up to fail.

Janice Kuka of Ngā Mataapuna Oranga told a Waitangi Tribunal health inquiry that they are under-resourced compared with their mainstream counterparts.

"This cycle of reliance on Crown funding keeps us locked into a failed racist and minor cultural system unable and unwilling to change,” says Kuka, “Meanwhile, our people continue to have poorer health outcomes and die at an earlier rate than non-Māori."

The Tauranga Māori PHO Wai 1315 claimant outlined to the Tribunal why the health system has marginalised Māori, referring to “the inadequate resources we were given as a kaupapa Māori PHO in our establishing phase as opposed to non-Māori.”

Kuka wants a Crown apology and repayment costs to all Wai 1315 claimants for under-funding from the government over the past 17 years......

New arrivals experience Māori culture
Our newest students have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Māori culture during this week’s orientation.

ICT and Facilities Manager Sonny Teio welcomed the new students with a traditional Māori introduction, or a mihi. He then invited staff to join him in a Māori song, or waiata.

Chief Executive Gagan Sachdeva encouraged the new students, who have come from 14 different countries, to greet each other with the Māori term kia ora.

Yesterday afternoon, students had the opportunity to experience a Māori Cultural Performance, before joining staff on a guided city tour.....

Cultural Advisor - Maori
At Tasman District Council we are looking to improve our relationships with iwi within our rohe.

To assist us, we wish to contract a cultural advisor to provide advice to our Chief Executive and support staff in this work.

This role should interest those who understand local government responsibilities and obligations to Māori in terms of relevant legislation.

The successful contractor will have good knowledge of iwi within Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Maui as well as established networks within the rohe.

You will be proficient in te reo and tikanga Māori, and will be a role model to Council staff.

Ideally you will have good knowledge of Māori dynamics in Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Maui, and be happy to share your knowledge and assist in building the Council’s cultural competency.....

Coca-cola hits sour note with te reo faux pas
It seems drink company Coca-Cola's effort to "turn up the fizz" on te reo Māori has hit a sour note, but they say no disrespect was intended.

One tweet on the company's latest marketing campaign has raised eyebrows across Aotearoa and abroad on their te reo Māori faux pas.

Riding the current wave of te reo popularity, Coca-Cola sprung to action recently adding the Māori greeting "Kia ora" to its drink vending machines. However, they also tagged the friendly Kiwi-ism "mate" onto their te reo greeting, and in te reo Māori, "mate" means "death", essentially saying, "Greetings, death".....

Ngāpuhi tackles troubled taitama
Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi O Ngāpuhi has teamed up with philanthropic funder JR McKenzie Trust and Kaikohe Intermediate to change the narrative about Maori boys.

Through early intervention and positive reinforcement, it will try to bring excitement and engagement back into the education system.....

Fletcher Living to build for Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara
Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara and Fletcher Building's Living development have teamed up to build 240 homes on former crown land at Hobsonville Point.

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara deputy chair Margaret Kawharu says although the iwi was not able to get the former Defence site as part of its treaty settlement, it used its leverage to buy four super-lots.....

Ngāti Porou soars with Air NZ partnership
From this December produce sourced from Ngāti Porou will be served on board Air New Zealand flights, one of the many results of the partnership between the national carrier and the East Coast Iwi.

But this is just the start to generate further economic and social growth with the iwi says Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon.

“We've got great relationships with iwi all across the country, but the partnership and friendship with Ngati Porou has really been quite special,” says Luxon, “we’re very committed to this place.....

Urgency sought for hearing over Partnership Schools
Claimants Sir Toby Curtis, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Dame Tariana Turia and Pem Bird have filed for their Treaty of Waitangi claim, Wai 2770, to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal with urgency.

Their claim, on behalf of themselves and Maori generally, takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua....

Māori leader backs co-op philosophy
Māori agribusiness leader and Fonterra director candidate Jamie Tuuta says the cooperative philosophy aligns with his own values and the Māori worldview.

“I work on the basis that as a board member of Fonterra you are the guardian of the future against the claims of the present.....

Justice system needs to change: Chief judge
The Chief District Court Judge has called for an overhaul of the justice system, to avoid perpetuating the cycle of disadvantage, particularly for Maori.

Judge Doogue said the issue of Maori over-representation in crime statistics was the most pressing issue facing the justice system.

From next July, the Oranga Tamariki Act will explicitly include tikanga Maori concepts which must be at the heart of any decision made in respect of a child or young person.

The judge called for her colleagues on the bench in the criminal jurisdiction to take a similarly holistic approach......

Waikato river-clean up projects receive funding
Thirty-eight projects have received funding in 2018 and Bob Penter, Authority Chief Executive, says some of the 2018 funding round is aligned with the Restoration Strategy for the Waikato and Waipā rivers as well as the strong participation of river iwi.

"In recent years there has been a clear trend for successful projects to reflect a strategic approach to restoring and protecting our rivers, streams, and wetlands. This has carried through in this funding round. The strong involvement of river iwi is also welcome," says Penter.

The Waipā Catchment Plan received $1.6 million making it the largest project to be funded this year. The funding will work towards reducing sediment levels going into the Waipā River.

$250,000 has been funded to the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust for a catchment monitoring project in the Ruahuwai Takiwa within the TARIT Upper Waikato River region.

The Waikato River Authority has allocated more than $44 million to 288 clean-up projects in the last eight years.....

Tamihere says Māori are discriminated against by
Known for not mincing his words, Te Pou Matakana CE John Tamihere says Māori are being discriminated against by Primary healthcare professionals and not being cared for as they should.

At the Wai 2687 inquiry currently underway at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Tamihere said, “There’s a nice term that the Women’s Movement uses it’s called unconscious bias. It’s just a nice way of saying they’re racist mongrels.”

Tamihere says in all discretions whether it's at the GP clinic, the nursing clinic whether it's at the hospital.

"If there's a discretion to be made in terms of service deliverables to Māori we end up on the back end of the queue."

He says, "99.8% of all money voted from NZ government, which is about $80billion a year goes to Māori, but by and through non-Māori."

More claimants are set to give evidence over this week and Tamihere is optimistic that the united voice will eventually result in Māori being able the right to self-determine their own healthcare.....

Waitangi Tribunal investigates sick, racist health system that 'fails Māori'
The perilous state of Māori health has been described as a humanitarian crisis. It's now under investigation by the Waitangi Tribunal, with more than 200 claimants accusing the Crown of operating a sick, racist system that fails Māori. Carmen Parahi reports....

.... Since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Māori have sought equality with the Crown as treaty partners.

Māori sold or donated land to the Crown for hospitals but few were ever built. Introduced diseases such as influenza wiped out thousands, and by the turn of the 20th Century, the Māori population was decimated....

....Maipi will demand a new system based on an overseas indigenous model.

Royal plans to push for either a national Māori DHB or a standalone Māori hauora or health system based on matauranga or Māori knowledge.

"Those solutions need to be Māori led, adequately resourced, supported by government," says Royal.....

Māori, Pacific job candidates fast-tracked to interview stage at ADHB
All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB.

The change has been made to try increase workforce diversity, and has already resulted in more Māori and Pacific candidates being interviewed and hired.

If job-seekers aren't hired, managers must give specific feedback to HR, so the unsuccessful candidate can be coached to improve their chances in future interviews.

A new assessment tool prompts interviewers to think about "reflecting our communities and prioritised health outcomes", along with traditional skills and experience.

The policy began at the end of June and builds on a similar approach already in place to recruit graduate nurses.....

Cultural Treasure Unveiled in Central Ōtautahi
Today’s grand opening of Tūranga shows what can be achieved when local iwi play a lead role in city design.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri – the local Ngāi Tahu hapū that is mana whenua for the city – heavily influenced the design and build of Tūranga. This was led by Matapopore Charitable Trust cultural advisors alongside Christchurch City Council and resulted in a library experience that clearly reflects Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values.

“The stories of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri are expertly woven into Ōtautahi’s new central library, and this is something we should all be proud of,” said Lynne Te Aika, trustee of the Matapopore Charitable Trust (and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu General Manager, Te Taumatua).....

Maori Crime will reduce - If Maori are in Charge
All four Iwi/Community Panel providers came together today to look at how successful their work was in dealing with Maori and other crimes within Metro Auckland. The Iwi Community Panels known as Te Pae Oranga was launched 4 years ago in partnership with the New Zealand Police. Manukau Urban Maori Authority MUMA was one of the three pilot programmes set up and included a provider in Gisborne and Wellington. Now Auckland metro has four providers delivering this successful service.

Te Pae Oranga is working for our people and if it is cut from the Police budget, then this would show how committed this and previous governments are toward reducing Maori incarceration rates.

The reason this works is that it by Maori for Maori and the rest of the community benefits as well.....

Protesters leave former Catholic School
Protesters have left former Catholic school Hato Petera after an order from the High Court.

The group had occupied the Auckland school since it closed in August but on Tuesday they were told to move on.

Originally belonging to Ngāti Pāoa, the land was purchased by Governor George Grey and subsequently granted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1850 for education.

While the full dispute is yet to play out in court, the church won a High Court order late on Tuesday afternoon to put an end to the occupation.....

Education stereotypes holding back Maori
Hana O’Regan was a keynote speaker at this week’s CORE Education conference in Auckland.

"We were absolutely deliberately specifically excluded from participation in further education from 1869. Laws were passed that forbid the teaching of academic subjects in native schools because we were being too successful and what happened was our people were subjected to these negative images of ourselves as learners so much that we ended up taking them on board," Ms O’Regan says.....

Christchurch has a library in the heart of the city again
A new state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar library will open its doors to the public in Christchurch at 1pm this afternoon.

Tūranga took two-and-a-half years to build, cost about $93 million and is the largest library in the South Island.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri - the local Ngāi Tahu hapū - helped with the construction, design and Māori artwork.

Spokesperson Lynne Te Aika said it was important their culture was represented.....

New Christchurch Library
The English language is a second class citizen in #Turanga the new @ChristchurchCC library. I'm strongly in favour of bilingual signage, and have tweeted about that before, but here the signs are designed to direct the eye to Māori, spoke by 8% (?) of the population.....

Legal history made in Taranaki with admission ceremony conducted in Te Reo Māori
Taranaki legal history was made on Wednesday, with the first ever bar admission ceremony conducted in Te Reo Māori.

In front of his whānau and senior members of the Taranaki bar, Te Wehi Wright added his name to what is believed to be the oldest register of roia, or lawyers, in Aotearoa.

In charge of proceedings was Justice Christine Grice, who formally welcomed Wright into the legal profession, first in Māori, before she addressed him directly in English.....

Principal Advisor, Partnering with Iwi/Māori - National Office
The Government has signalled a significant reset of relations between Māori and the Crown and the need for the Crown to extend partnerships beyond the negotiation table. For MSD, this means we need to change that way we manage our existing and future partnerships with iwi/ Māori.

The Principal Advisor Māori will provide high level strategic, technical and analytical leadership for the Partnerships and Programmes Group and across Community Partnership and Programmes Business Group in Service Delivery, to gather and share insights and advice on how to make it easier for iwi/Māori to engage and partner with the Ministry and for the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for iwi/Māori.....

Māori appointments to council committees 'a long time coming': Mayor

The five newly-minted Māori seats on four Hamilton City Council committees have been filled.

Council approved the appointments on Wednesday. Four of the appointments represent iwi and one is a pan-tribal/mātāwaka appointment.

Hamilton Mayor Andrew King said the appointments mark the beginning of a new era for partnership-based decision making for the city.

"We're enormously proud to be at a point where we can take these brave steps towards providing meaningful representation for Māori," King said. "It's been a long time coming and we're committed to making it work."....

Court orders protesters to leave Hato Petera College site
A High Court judge has ordered Māori protesters to leave the former Hato Petera College site in Northcote within 48 hours.

Judge Pheroze Jagose has found that the Catholic Bishop of Auckland's substantive case to ownership of the disputed land "seems overwhelming", and has granted the bishop an order to the protesters to leave the land and remove their property within 48 hours.

However he declined a request by the church's lawyer Ben Upton for a further order authorising police to use force if necessary to evict the protest group, which has been occupying the site since mid-August.

The judgment means the church may have to go back to the High Court to seek an arrest order if the protesters do not comply with the order to leave......

Belgian brewery apologises for any offence caused by 'Māori Tears' beer
An international brewery criticised for naming its beer "Māori Tears" has apologised to anyone it offended by the label.

The "Māori Tears" beer, owned by the Brussels Beer Project in Belgium, claims to "encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature".

Māori rights advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said yesterday that the beer would breach the sacredness rule in New Zealand if applying for a trademark.

He said although the company spelt the word Māori orthographically correct, they should have sought advice on the name.

Auckland University of Technology Professor Pare Keiha said whether the term Māori Tears is considered tapu is a matter of opinion......

Māori Leaders in Health mount historic Waitangi Claim
Claims from two groups of Māori health leaders are being heard in the Waitangi Tribunal from 15 October next week at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia as part of stage one of the its national kaupapa inquiry into health services and outcomes.

The two claimant groups (under claims Wai 1315 and Wai 2687) say that inequity and institutionalised racism in the health system currently exists and the situation must change. The shared position is based on national Māori health statistics and status which is evident of the Crown failure to care for Māori health and wellbeing.
They share the view that Mana Motuhake, self determination and Māori autonomy produces better health outcomes and saves lives. The claimants seek recommendations from the Tribunal for legislative reform of the system for Māori to have autonomy of their own healthcare services to organise, develop and deliver......

Ngai Tahu eyeing opportunities
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu is taking an active role in discussions surrounding Dunedin's new hospital build and wider investment opportunities in the city.

The Otakou marae yesterday hosted the Ngai Tahu property board, as well as Mayor Dave Cull, Southern Partnership Group convener Pete Hodgson and others as the iwi considers the possibilities.

The continuing dialogue follows indications earlier in the year Ngai Tahu wanted to play a significant role in the cultural and financial future of Dunedin, including spending some of its ``big purse'' on projects within the city......

Māori freshwater claims stalling allocation decisions
The Government needs a strategy for resolving Māori freshwater claims before it can move forward with its planned changes to the allocation of water and nutrient discharge rights.

Lakes, rivers, and streams should be cleaner within five years as a result of major freshwater policy announcements from the Government today.

However, long-stalled decisions on the allocation of both water and nutrient discharges are still some years away because of the need for a settled process to recognise Māori freshwater claims.....

Consent granted to take Hamurana Springs water for bottling
A consent allowing more than 315,000 cubic metres of water to be bottled annually from Hamurana Springs has been granted.

Te Tahuhu O Tawakeheimoa Trust applied for a consent last December to take water for bottling from Hamurana Stream.

The trust has been granted the consent, which allows it to take water at 10 litres per second through to September 2033.

Trust chairman Joseph Tuhakaraina said Hamurana Springs was an important taonga for the iwi and that was recognised in the consent.

"Our application made it clear that any surface water taken from the springs will be done in a way that ensures minimal impact to the river and the surrounding environment.....

Māori lagging on climate change opportunity
The Māori climate change commissioner says Māori are sitting on a huge asset in the fight against global warming, but the government isn’t doing a good job of reaching out to them.....

International beer label dubbed 'Māori Tears' deemed culturally offensive
An international beer label dubbed "Māori Tears" has been slammed for being spiritually and culturally offensive.
The "Māori Tears" beer, owned by the Brussels Beer Project in Belgium, claims to "encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature".

The label - complete with a Māori macron in the correct place - says the beverage is barrel aged in French oak, and contains German grape Dornfelder, a single hop from Wakatu in New Zealand, and is a single-malt pale ale.

Māori rights advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said the beer was another classic example of a brewery that is causing offence.

"The idea of drinking someone else's tears is spiritually offensive to a traditional Māori world view," he said......

Correctly pronouncing Māori names 'gives you mana'
A language expert is calling on health workers to stop mispronouncing Māori patients' names.

Keri Opai said it was one simple way health workers could better engage with Māori, who had some of the worst health statistics in the country.

"If you pronounce Māori words correctly, it implies you have respect for the language. If you have respect for the language that would imply you have respect for the culture.

"If you have respect for the culture, you most probably have respect for the people.".....

Freshwater plan to explore Māori and Crown shared interests
The Government plan announced today to improve freshwater quality acknowledges that water quality cannot be addressed without a concurrent and substantive discussion with Māori, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis said.

Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor today released the Government’s blueprint to improve freshwater quality. It also sets out a new approach to the Māori/Crown relationship that will acknowledge Māori interests in fair access to water to develop their land.

“We acknowledge that Māori have rights and interests in freshwater, and we are committed to a substantive discussion on how to address these interests by taking practical steps to address constraints on Māori land development,” Kelvin Davis said......

'No one owns freshwater'
The Government's position is that no one owns freshwater - it belongs to everyone, and we all have a guardianship role to look after it.

But the Government says it also recognises Maori have interests in water rights.

A Cabinet Paper released on Maori/Crown relations acknowledges Maori "aspirations" include governance and decision-making, recognition of iwi/hapu relationship with water bodies and the use of water for economic development.

The Government's position is that no one owns freshwater - it belongs to everyone, and we all have a guardianship role to look after it.

But the Government says it also recognises Maori have interests in water rights.

A Cabinet Paper released on Maori/Crown relations acknowledges Maori "aspirations" include governance and decision-making, recognition of iwi/hapu relationship with water bodies and the use of water for economic development.....

Te Patukirikiri sign Deed of Settlement
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced Te Patukirikiri signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown in Thames.

“The Deed, settling the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Te Patukirikiri, includes a Crown apology, agreed historical account and redress for historical breaches of the Treaty and was signed yesterday,” says Andrew.

“The settlement package includes a total value of $3 million in financial and commercial redress and the return of several sites of cultural significance to Te Patukirikiri.......

Te Kawerau ā Maki to launch Treaty claim over Govt's 'failure' to combat kauri dieback
An Auckland iwi is planning to launch a new Treaty claim over the Government's "failure" to stop the spread of kauri dieback.

Te Kawerau ā Maki has been at the forefront of the battle to contain the disease over the past decade. The iwi placed a protective rāhui on the entire forested area of the Waitākere Ranges last December.

But Te Kawerau is about to begin proceedings in the Waitangi Tribunal, alleging the Crown has failed to protect taonga kauri, and by extension, the iwi.

"Waitākere Forest is very strongly linked to the well-being and identity of Te Kawerau ā Maki so if this forest goes everything about Te Kawerau goes with it," says executive manager Edward Ashby.....

Māori women effectively working for free for the rest of the year
"Māori women’s work, both paid and unpaid has upheld New Zealand’s economy and society forever, but has been undervalued and ignored by Pākehā leadership and measurement systems since colonisation. The continued undervaluing of Māori women’s place in society is made visible in this massive and unfair imbalance in pay."

"It’s neither fair nor right that Māori women receive such low pay, and it is also a Te Tiriti o Waitangi issue......

Tribe keeps investors and agents out of Hamilton development
Investors and real estate agents need not apply as Waikato-Tainui builds 50 houses in Hamilton.

From next week, the iwi will take expressions of interest from tribal members looking to get a foot on the rung at its Te Kaarearea​development.

A statement from Waikato-Tainui said "no investors or agents".

Waikato-Tainui chief executive Donna Flavell said the rejuvenation of the area will open the door for tribal members to enter the real estate market.

"It's more than just a house," Flavell said. "It's about building the well-being of our tribal members consistent with our long-term strategy - Whakatupuranga 2050.....

Te Rau Matatini Advocating for the Māori Voice
With Māori mental health and addiction having wide-reaching challenges, there is a high level of concern from Māori about whether the courage for the transformational changes to improve Māori wellbeing will indeed be articulated clearly in the final report.

Given the Coalition’s Government election promises of open government and transparency, Te Rau Matatini are hoping that there will be no restrictions imposed on access to the information that in its due course will influence how the report is written especially for Māori.....

Māori significance first priority in new road names in New Plymouth
Tangata whenua will get the first say on new road names in New Plymouth under new council criteria.

On Tuesday an update to the Road Naming and Numbering Policy was passed at a New Plymouth District Council meeting, setting out who decides on new road names and how these would be prioritised.

First preference will be given to a site, area or name of cultural or historical significance to tangata whenua, followed by significance to local communities, both of which require evidence.....

New Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at University of Auckland
Professor Cindy Kiro (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine) has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland. She takes over from Jim Peters who has been in the position since 2006.

“I am very excited to be taking this role and having the opportunity to influence strategy at a university of such importance, at such a critical time,” says Professor Kiro.

She will use her role to reinforce work already being done to give Māori the confidence to choose university as an option where their culture will be recognised and they can build on academic achievements......

Māori over-represented in prisons due to colonisation - report
A new report reveals most Māori believe their over-representation in our prisons is a direct result of colonisation and racism - and experts agree.

More than 900 Māori people participated in a 28-question online survey as part of research conducted by ActionStation and the University of Otago.

Those results were combined with interviews with seven experts and data from previous studies. Supervisors also attended the Safe and Effective Justice Summit in August to gather data for the report.

The results are a damning indictment of the prison system and its impact on Māori......

Auckland Transport called out over poster appearing to reference Treaty of Waitangi
An Auckland Transport poster accused of bringing the year the Treaty of Waitangi was signed into "disrepute" has been discontinued.

The poster campaign launched this year reinforced there was no excuse for not having a ticket or tagged-on hop card, and included messages like "yeah right" or "aliens stole my ticket".

One poster used the caption, "I'm time-travelling, my ticket is back in 1840'".

A member of the public raised concerns about the poster with the Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB), and chief executive Brandi Hudson sought an explanation from AT.

In a meeting this week, the IMSB said it considered AT was "bringing the year the Treaty [of Waitangi] was signed into disrepute and possibly perceived as questioning the legitimacy of settlements"......

Higher rates of serious injuries for Māori
Māori had significantly higher rates of serious non-fatal injuries from motor-vehicle crashes relative to the total population in 2017. The rate of 67.8 injuries per 100,000 people for Māori is 67 percent greater than the rate for the total population.

There was an even greater difference for injuries from assaults, with a rate of 37.0 serious injuries per 100,000 people for Māori, compared with 12.6 for the total population.

In contrast, the rate of serious injuries from falls was much lower for Māori – 49.5 injuries per 100,000 people, compared with 109.2 for the total population. However, injuries from falls have been generally increasing for Māori since 2009.....

Council supports East Taranaki land forming part of Ngāti Maru treaty settlement
Plans for a block of rural land to be used in an iwi Treaty settlement have won support.

Purangi Domain, Tarata Domain and the bush area of the Tarata Cemetery, not used for cemetery purposes, all remote rural areas in east Taranaki, have been offered by the Crown to form part of the Ngāti Maru treaty settlement.

At Tuesday's meeting of the New Plymouth District Council, ​deputy mayor Richard Jordan said the iwi had met with the community and there had been a positive result.

"The outcome was well understood and accepted by all."....

Iwi to partake in Kaituna River management
Taking care of the river which flows from Lake Rotoiti to Maketū is key for the Iwi group responsible for its welfare.

Chairman of Te Maru o Kaituna created the document and says, “We have been alienated from our waterways for over two centuries we need to get back in there, they were fine went we owned them out-right we are having to come back and clean them up that's the reality.”

In June, Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority which is made up of all Iwi who have connections to the river launched the Kaituna River Document which looks at protecting the river.

Bay of Plenty Māori regional councillor, Arapeta Tahana, says the document sets a precedence.....

Captain Cook statue to be relocated
Local iwi in Gisborne are welcoming a decision by the Gisborne District Council to remove a statue of Captain Cook from the top of their ancestral mountain Titirangi.

Speaking on behalf of local iwi Ngāti Oneone, Barney Tupara says, “Since long ago the subtribes and tribes have disagreed with this statue being here on our mountain on Titirangi.”.....
Don Brash raises concerns about Massey University's Treaty plans
As Massey University takes bold steps to become the first Treaty-led university in New Zealand, Don Brash has raised concerns any criticism of Māori may not be tolerated at the institute.

Massey's new strategy, referred to as Tiriti-led, was endorsed by the institution's leadership last year to implement Treaty of Waitangi principles, the Māori language and cultural practices into its core business.

The plan is being managed by under-fire vice-chancellor Jan Thomas alongside respected scientist and Māori community leader, Dr Charlotte Severne, assistant vice-chancellor Māori and Pasifika.......

Māori ask NZ First who decides 'Kiwi values'
What are New Zealand values?

That is the question being asked by Māori who are concerned values important to Māori and other minorities could be trampled on if New Zealand First gets its way.

New Zealand First has determined those values include gender equality, freedom of religion, and respect for different races and ethnicities.

But a lecturer from the School of Māori Studies at University of Waikato, Arama Rata, says its proposed Respecting New Zealand Values bill raises a number of concerns, especially from a Māori perspective.

"As a treaty partner, Māori should be involved in defining New Zealand values yet this bill is an encroachment on our values of respecting people and of building mutually beneficial relationships."

Dr Rata said imposing values on people through law sounds a lot like what happened to Māori when they were colonised.....

Chapman Tripp
To promote the use of te reo Māori greetings and sign-offs in client correspondence the firm has also updated our letter-head template to include Māori greetings and acknowledgements, with drop-down boxes of relevant translations and descriptions to assist staff when using them.

Chapman Tripp will continue to offer te reo Māori classes to our people in our three offices at beginner and intermediate level, and is also considering a formal Māori language policy that would include our 450+ staff having a fundamental knowledge of Te Reo in the near future....

University of Auckland to quit $80m Epsom campus by 2020
Māori tribes are keen to buy Auckland University's prime $80 million Epsom campus when the university's education faculty leaves the site in 2020.

The 15ha Epsom site, which has been used as a teachers' training college since 1926, is likely to be sold subject to a right of first refusal granted to the original Māori tribes of the area under a 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust deputy chairman Ngarimu Blair said it was too early to say whether any of the tribes would buy it, but they were keen in principle.

"The University of Auckland has long been aware of Ngāti Whātua's desire to 're-acquire' as much of its former estate as possible," he said by email........

Iwi-based remand scheme for young Northland offenders
A new remand service will be launched in Northland for young offenders whose crimes are serious enough for them to be locked up while awaiting trial.

The pilot service, called Mahuru, aims to keep youth out of jail by putting them into caregiver homes with wrap-around social and justice services, and a strong emphasis on tikanga Ngāpuhi.

''Where possible we want to connect young people with their cultural and tribal identity to reignite being Māori and Ngāpuhi is a positive thing.''.....

New kaupapa Māori approach for high-risk youth offenders
In a new report Maiea Te Tūruapō, Fulfilling the Vision by the office, Commissioner Andrew Becroft argues for the new homes to run in partnership with iwi and Māori organisations and follow a kaupapa Māori approach.

Becroft says almost two-thirds of the 6,300 children and young people in state care identify as Māori.

"The revised Oranga Tamariki Act is very clear that these tamariki Māori have the right to access care services designed specifically for them," he says.

"Iwi and Māori organisations should be fully resourced to respond to the needs of their own children and young people, to develop what is best for them, drawing on Oranga Tamariki's advice and support when required.”.....

State care of children needs Māori approach after 'colonising process' - Children's Commissioner
New Zealand's care and protection system needs a Māori world view with two-thirds of the children in state care Māori, according to Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft.

Mr Becroft told TVNZ1's Breakfast the system needed a complete turnaround as it currently had a European view with Māori add-ons despite the majority of the children in care being Māori.

"Particularly given the huge over-representation of Māori in the system it just about needs a Māori world view as its basis," he said.

"We’ve really got a European world view with Māori add-ons, we’ve got a really strong case for turning that around completely.

"I guess you could say there’s never been anywhere in the world that I know of where an indigenous community has prospered and flourished when there’s been a colonising process."

"Now that's a controversial word, colonising, but that’s what took place. It's never been good for indigenous peoples, especially indigenous children and I think what we’re seeing the care and protection system together with modern, systemic bias plays out in the over-representation."......

Bay name alteration confirmed
The New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has confirmed the proposal to change the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name, Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

More than 600 submissions were made about the proposal between May 24 and August 24, after the board accepted the dual name proposal from Gisborne District Council.

Board acting chairman Anselm Haanen said 609 submissions were received, with a quarter clearly supporting the proposal.....